The SkiBee

Invented by Detroit resident Donald Steeg, circa 1970. The SkiBee had an eight-horsepower engine with a 24-inch propellor that served as a propulsion unit for motorized skiing. Anyone who was willing to wear this thing on their back, could enjoy skiing without having to find a slope to go down. During the summer, it could also be used as an outboard motor on a boat.

[Hutchinson News - Feb 6, 1970]
     Posted By: Alex - Thu Dec 26, 2013
     Category: Inventions | Motor Vehicles | Sports | 1970s

That looks only marginally more annoying than sharing the slope with the snowboard punks.
Posted by KDP on 12/26/13 at 10:52 AM
Just hope that you don't fall down!
Posted by ScoutC on 12/26/13 at 12:52 PM
How about in-line skates for summer, or a skateboard?
And in the fall you could flip it to the front and blow leaves! :lol: :coolsmile:
Posted by Tyrusguy on 12/26/13 at 01:53 PM
Let it blow, let it blow, let it blow .........
Posted by BrokeDad in Midwest US on 12/26/13 at 02:33 PM
With genius like this around I wonder why Detroit has fallen so low.
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 12/27/13 at 12:52 AM
What killed this invention was its nickname - the Turbofart.
Posted by tadchem on 12/27/13 at 02:40 PM
Well, if the ski had gas you definitely would not want to be right behind him!
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 12/27/13 at 06:56 PM
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